The Party established that:
Roads and bridges
1. Mutare – Chimanimani Road
President Chamisa saw the first barrier at Umvumvumvu bridge after Mhandarume before ‘Matsororo’. The bridge gave in to the heavy water flow, As such, it is no longer possible to reach Mutambara/Gonzoni or Lydia Chimonyo/Nedziwe by road.
It is also reported that the bridge across the same river between Lydia Chimonyo and Nedziwe is damaged with the river still overflowing. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the bridge across Biriiri river after Bumba (pamuUyu) might have been swept away.
From Wengezi one cannot proceed further Mhandarume by road for the bridge just before Charter Estate factory was swept away
2. Mutare to Chipinge Town
President Chamisa also assessed the Bridge along loop road through Tanganda Halt business centre which was swept away. He also took time to help a few police officers and villagers in the clean-up of Nyanyadzi bridge which was covered in debris.
Tanganda – Chipinge
The President and his team were blocked from accessing the road beyond Tanganda Halt turn-off as reports indicated that the road is giving in under the weight of heavy trucks.
3. Chipinge to Chimanimani
The MDC learnt that the road from Jopa turnoff to Skyline is passable past Silverstreams factory and a further 5km before getting to a point where the road is almost completely was washed away. It’s dangerous to try to pass through what remains of that road
4. Chipinge to Copper/Kopa
There is not much information concerning this route for it is a dirt road, so chances are the road is not passable in this wet weather.
The MDC continues to learn with disdain the death of close to one hundred people in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Sadly, the death toll is expected to rise, many people are still reported missing especially in Ngangu, Kopa and Kurwaisimba areas.
The President learnt of a nurse at Nyanyadzi hospital whose wife and four children were killed in this cyclone. The mortuary at the hospital had two unidentified bodies. It only has a capacity to carry three bodies.
Many people with figures ranging to as many as 80 are said to be require urgent medical attention in Chimanimani and Chipinge.
Over 2000 houses are said to have been destroyed at Ngangu Township in Chimanimani, Kopa Business Centre, Kurwaisimba villages, Chipinge Town, Chipinge East constituency and Chief Mapungwana area.
The MDC has also learnt that besides Chipinge and Chimanimani reports of damage were also received from Sakubva, Chikanga Dangamvura – Federation, Mahalape, Gimboki, Odzi and Dora areas, Mutsamba and Chidzinzwa villages in Mutasa Central. Similarly, in Masvingo province, the effects of the cyclone have been reported.
President Chamisa witnessed the destruction of a classroom block at Devule Primary School, just three kilometers after the famous Birchenough Bridge. According to a member of the School Development Committee, repairs will cost the school $27 000.
Needs Assessment and Interventions
The MDC local government and devolution department has noted that the needs can be classified into two categories.
The urgent needs category and the short-medium term.
The MDC continues to appeal for food, potable water, clothing, blankets, sanitary ware, children’s clothing and the reconstruction of strategic bridges which connect the affected communities to the rest of the world.
In the short to medium term the MDC appeals for volunteers in the fields of civil engineering, rural and urban planners to volunteer their expertise and services towards rebuilding of these communities.
There is also need for psycho-social support and counselling for the traumatized as well as all affected by this cyclone.
We also hasten to make the point that supports for all volunteers is also key in respect of sustaining their stay in the affected communities as well as sustaining the efforts to rebuild the necessary infrastructure in the shortest possible times.
The MDC expresses gratitude to the response and goodwill expressed by Zimbabweans across the board in the past few days. We continue to receive assistance in kind, while we refer all monetary contributions to the nearest Red Cross offices, and other such credible platforms to ensure the intended beneficiaries receive your acts of goodwill.
The MDC calls on the international community to lend a hand and support efforts already in place.
For more information, donations or any volunteer services, kindly contact the following officials,
1. Matibiri Kuda – +263 772 864 264
2. Dube Brilliant – +263 783 083 363
3. Ngoni Chimbalu – +263 775 952 734
4. Mike Mataruka – +263 773 010 374
5. Yvonne Muchaka – +263 774 107 682
Mayor Tandi Blessing: +263 772 593 625
Mayor Zivanai Nyakuchena: +263 772 521 780.
MDC: Defining a New Course for Zimbabwe
Hon Sesel Zvidzai
MDC Secretary for Local Government and Devolution